Past Event

Joyce Chaplin - Climate in Words and Numbers: How Early Americans Recorded Weather in Almanacs

March 9, 2021
5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Event Description

As we begin to consider climate as an everyday problem, it's valuable to see how people did that in the past. With support from the Guggenheim Foundation, Joyce Chaplin is compiling and analyzing a database of manuscript notes about weather in early American almanacs,1646-1821, out of 10,578 almanacs from nine different archives or libraries. Her talk focuses on how people recorded the weather in numbers (including degrees Fahrenheit) and in words, ranging from “dull” to “elegant!” These notations are significant as records of a period of climate change, the Little Ice Age, also as records of how people made sense of and coped with that climatic disruption.

Event Speaker

Joyce Chaplin, James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University

Event Information

Free and open to the public; registrated required. For more information, please visit the event webpage. Please contact [email protected] with any questions. 

Hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society